19 August 2019


  • Klaus Zapf lived on less than US$300 a month, although when he died on Aug. 20, he had an estimated fortune of US$17 million. Photo: Der Tagesspiegel

    Klaus Zapf, German millionaire who shunned wealth, dies

    Aug 25, 2014 10:33am
    Klaus Zapf, a German millionaire who shunned the trappings of wealth, has died from a heart attack at the age of 62, BBC News reported. Known for his frugal lifestyle, Zapf once said he collected empty bottles...
  • Richard Attenborough: "Of course I'd rather have nice things written about me, but I'm not a great auteur, I'm not a great director. I'm a good director. I have an ability to make people examine certain circumstances." Photo:

    British film giant Richard Attenborough dies at 90

    Aug 25, 2014 9:38am
    British film actor and director Richard Attenborough died at lunchtime on Sunday, just days before his 91st birthday on Aug. 29, The Guardian reported, citing a statement from his son Michael. After forging a career as...
  • Laura Bushney recounts her ordeal on television. She claims a senior Malaysia Airlines cabin staff raped her on a flight to Paris. Photos: Sydney Morning Herald, internet

    Australian woman claims mid-air sex assault on Malaysia Airlines

    Aug 25, 2014 9:22am
    A Malaysia Airlines chief steward accused of sexually assaulting an Australian woman on a Paris-bound flight begged her not to report the alleged incident because he has a wife and children. Laura Bushney, 26, used her...
  • A car lies under a pile of rubble from a damaged building. Downtown Napa was hardest hit by the 6.1 magnitude quake that struck Northern California on Sunday. Photo: Bloomberg

    Northern California waking up to strongest quake in 25 years

    Aug 25, 2014 8:24am
    Northern California is just coming to grips with the strongest earthquake in 25 years, with first reports describing the damage as “fairly significant”. The 6.1 magnitude quake struck six miles southwest of Napa, California’s famed wine...
  • Peter Theo Curtis is shown in this undated video grab. Curtis was released by his Al-Qaeda-linked captors without any ransom being paid, according to his family. Photo: Reuters

    Freed American journalist now in US hands

    Aug 25, 2014 8:17am
    An American journalist released by his captors in Syria on Sunday has been handed over to the custody of United States officials, the New York Times reports. Peter Theo Curtis, 45, from Boston, was held captive by...
  • A Chinese fighter jet is shown on patrol. Beijing is increasing such patrols to establish air supremacy in the region. Photo: Reuters

    Beijing out to establish regional air supremacy

    Aug 25, 2014 8:12am
    China is moving to establish air supremacy in the region to secure its maritime interests and a recent intercept of a United States fighter jet was made to highlight that purpose, the Yomiuri Shimbun reports. On...
  • Vincent Tsui (left) gets soaking wet for charity but US envoy Clifford Hart (inset) cannot accept Tsui's challenge. Photo: HKEJ, Facebook

    Ice bucket dare: Why US envoy to HK won’t take it

    Aug 22, 2014 6:10pm
    The United States has prohibited its officials from taking part in the ice bucket challenge although the game originated in the country. Clifford Hart, the US consul general to Hong Kong and Macau, said he is...
  • James Foley (L) was always calm in the worst of circumstances, according to Nicole Tung (R), a freelance photojournalist who knew the US national well. Foley was beheaded by Sunni militants in Iraq this week. Photo: Twitter

    HK-born photojournalist remembers slain colleague Foley

    Aug 22, 2014 12:59pm
    Nicole Tung, a freelance photojournalist born in Hong Kong, has shared her memories of fellow journalist James Foley who was slain by Sunni extremists in Iraq this week. In an interview to US National Public Radio,...
  • General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who seized power in May, will retire as army chief in September but will stay on as head of the junta. Photo: AFP

    Thai junta leader appointed PM by hand-picked parliament

    Aug 21, 2014 4:43pm
    Thailand’s military junta leader General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who grabbed power in May, was named prime minister on Thursday by a legislature he hand-picked, Reuters reported. Prayuth’s appointment paves the way for an interim government to be...
  • Relatives mourn the death of the seven-month-old son of Hamas top military commander Mohammed Deif in northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    Hamas says Israel killed three top Gaza commanders

    Aug 21, 2014 3:47pm
    Hamas said three of its senior military commanders were killed in an Israeli air strike in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, Reuters reported. Mohammed Abu Shammala, Raed al-Attar and Mohammed Barhoum were killed in the bombing of a...
  • Following the beheading of an American journalist, Barack Obama condemned Islamic State militant group as a 'cancer’ that must be wiped out. Photo: Reuters

    World ‘appalled’ at Foley beheading: Obama

    Aug 21, 2014 8:38am
    US President Barack Obama denounced Islamic State militants for the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, and vowed to step up efforts to defeat the “cancer” of nihilistic ideologies. “The entire world is appalled” at...
  • Landslides caused by heavy rains hit the outskirts of Hiroshima in western Japan on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

    Landslides hit Japan’s Hiroshima, killing at least 36

    Aug 21, 2014 8:08am
    At least 36 people were killed in Japan on Wednesday as landslides triggered by torrential rain swept through the outskirts of the western city of Hiroshima, Reuters reported. Seven people were missing after a month’s worth...
  • Chinese investors are helping create Antigua's first mega-resort, providing relief to the tiny cash-strapped Caribbean nation. Photo: Bloomberg

    Chinese investors to build mega-resort in Antigua

    Aug 20, 2014 9:44am
    Chinese investors are set to pump in more than US$1 billion to develop a mega-resort in Antigua and Barbuda, creating 1,000 jobs for the tiny East Caribbean nation, Agence France-Presse reported. Backed by Beijing-based Yida International Investment...
  • A protester is carried after being overcome by tear gas as police disperse the crowd after a midnight curfew in Ferguson, Missouri. Photo:AFP

    Police kill another black man in Missouri, stoking tensions

    Aug 20, 2014 9:21am
    Police killed another African American man in Missouri, further raising tensions in the US state where authorities are trying to quell nightly riots over the shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson last week,...
  • A video grab posted on YouTube by ISIS purportedly showing US journalist James Foley before his beheading. Photo: Daily Mail

    ISIS claims to have killed US journalist

    Aug 20, 2014 8:07am
    Islamic State insurgents claimed to have killed a US journalist held captive in Syria, and said the life of another American journalist depended on US action in Iraq, Reuters reported on Tuesday. The ISIS militants posted...
  • Microsoft Corp’s Bill Gates (middle), American actor Chris Pratt (left) and talk show host Oprah Winfrey (right) are among the most popular public figures who took up the ice bucket challenge. Photos: Facebook

    Over 28 mln join ice bucket challenge chat on FB

    Aug 19, 2014 5:15pm
    Over 28 million people have joined the conversation about the ice bucket challenge on Facebook, including posts, comments or likes about the popular charity drive, according to data released by the social networking website. From the first...
  • Palestinians flee their ruined neighborhood to take shelter in a United Nations school in northern Gaza on Monday. Photo:AFP

    Israel, Palestinians extend truce to pursue talks

    Aug 19, 2014 3:17pm
    Violence could erupt again in the Gaza Strip unless Israeli and Palestinian officials make progress in negotiations to establish a lasting deal ahead of a midnight deadline in the Egyptian-brokered talks, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing a...
  • India and Pakistan have faced a setback in their bid to normalize relations.

    India cancels peace talks with Pakistan

    Aug 19, 2014 10:08am
    India on Monday abruptly cancelled talks with Pakistan scheduled for next week, responding angrily to what it described as Islamabad’s interference in India’s internal affairs. Officials berated Pakistan after its top diplomat in New Delhi met with...
  • Philippine President Benigno Aquino III says fresh tensions could erupt over the frequent presence of Chinese vessels in disputed areas in the South China Sea. Photo: Bloomberg

    Philippines warns China over vessels in disputed waters

    Aug 19, 2014 8:57am
    The Philippines warned on Monday that the frequent presence of Chinese ships in disputed waters in the South China Sea could spark renewed tensions between the two neighbors. Manila said the vessels’ presence in the area...
  • A lawyer for Julian Assange (above) has played down his imminent departure from Ecuador's embassy in London unless Britain allows him to leave without being arrested. Photo: Reuters

    Assange faces arrest if he leaves Ecuador’s UK embassy

    Aug 19, 2014 8:37am
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will be arrested if he leaves Ecuador’s embassy in London, where he has spent more than two years to avoid a sex assault investigation in Sweden, Reuters reported Tuesday. Britain signaled its...

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